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WCMHS Addresses Workforce Challenges with Creativity

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Posted: Apr 04, 2022| Categories: Uncategorized

VTDigger is well positioned to work with Vermont Care Partners to promote the much needed services of its sixteen respective member agencies which, includes NCSS. They also understand how important it is for our elected officials to know how to support the needs of vulnerable Vermonters.   

This thirteen week series is a collaboration produced by members of the Vermont Care Partners statewide network of sixteen non-profit, community-based agencies providing mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disability support.

Below is the thirteenth, and final, installment of the series from Washington County Mental Health Services (WCMHS), that focuses on workforce shortages, increased demands, and managing growing waitlists in a creative manner. 

WCMHS Addresses Workforce Challenges with Creativity 

With workforce shortages and increasing demand for mental health services, WCMHS manages growing waitlists creatively. 

Excerpts from article:

It’s spring 2022. We’re emerging from a long, difficult haul.  The pandemic is finally winding down after two years! And like so many Vermont businesses, the workforce impact at Washington County Mental Health Services was felt with significant turnover.   

One thing is for sure; the need for our services has not abated.  We knew the need for mental health and substance use treatment would increase dramatically as a result of people living in isolation, quarantine, and social distancing – what became a “new normal.” Changes in our daily routine of freedoms including precautions, prohibitions, tests, more tests, masks, and legal and ethical challenges within our workplaces and communities tested us all. Depression, stress, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and increased substance use emerged at levels not experienced in modern times.  Read more…  

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